"The Cooperative Nursery School of Ridgewood offers a unique and positive preschool experience for children, ages 1 1/2 to 6 years. Children learn and play in an environment ideally suited to their needs as developing individuals. Our highly trained teaching staff guides your child in achieving social, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Our small classes enable our staff to recognize each child as an exceptional and creative individual. Our special attention to the needs of preschoolers provides a warm and caring environment as we encourage independence, self-discipline and a love for school."
Excerpted from the preschool's website
Each day starts with a period of guided free play during which the children move among various activities and centers. Painting and other art projects are always available. A dress-up corner and play kitchen also stimulates the imagination. An extensive block and toy collection facilitates cooperative or solo play.
Later, clean-up time leads into circle time. The children come together to enjoy stories, songs and whole group instruction.
After circle time, children participate in creative art, academic, and/or experiential activities. The class is broken down into smaller groups to ensure that children get the attention and assistance that they need.
The also children eat a healthy snack. After helping to clean up their place settings, children end the session by preparing for active play on the outdoor playground, where there are tricycles and other age-appropriate ride-on toys, climbing equipment, and slides. In inclement weather, children enjoy active play in the Rainy Day Room, which features a play structure, building blocks, gymnastic mats, ride-on toys and an indoor basketball hoop.
The co-op also features supplemental programs throughout the school year:
MUSIC: In addition to routine songs and musical activities that take place in the classroom, each class has a weekly music session with our music teacher.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: To supplement daily free play on the playground or in our Rainy Day Room, gym classes are offered for all 3 and 4 year olds on a weekly basis beginning in October, and for 2 year olds beginning in January. Our gym teacher puts together a weekly curriculum that helps to develop children's large motor skills, as well as opportunities for sharing and teamwork.
LIBRARY: Each class visits the school library once a week. The library is managed by participating parents. Children will enjoy participating in an interactive read aloud and borrowing books that correspond with the changing seasons or lesson plans currently followed in their classrooms.
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAMS: Each day, a different enrichment activity is offered. Extended day programs are available for the 3 and 4 year old classes.